Austin Zoo Granite Paver Campaign

Please help us continue our mission of assisting animals in need through rescue, conservation and education while leaving your legacy at Austin Zoo.
Your personalized paver will be prominently displayed along the pathway that leads to our Gift Shop.
Your contribution to our granite paver campaign will be used to support habitat renovations and expansions for some of our rescued animals!


Each line will hold 15 characters, including letters, spaces and punctuation.
16 inches x 16 inches with 3 lines of engraving available for $1000
8 inches x 8 inches with 2 lines of engraving available for $500
4 inches x 8 inches with 1 line of engraving available for $100

For more information and to contribute to our Granite Paver Campaign, please click HERE.


Austin Zoo Saturday Camps

Our Saturday Camps are back! Do you have a child with a thirst for knowledge and a love for wildlife? Look no further than Austin Zoo’s Saturday Camps! On 2 Saturdays a month, we will host an all-day camp where we will explore our world through animal encounters, biofacts, crafts, STEM activities, keeper talks, and more!

Camps will run from 10 AM – 4PM.

To register for Saturday Camps, click HERE.


Train rides are Monday through Thursday on the hour and half hour from 11 am to 3 pm and Friday through Sunday on the hour and half hour from 11 am to 5 pm.

Tickets are $5 plus tax at the Train Depot.


Mask Policy

Following CDC and Austin Travis County Health Authority guidance, Austin Zoo has updated its mask recommendation and general visitor information.

It is recommended that unvaccinated guests wear masks inside Zoo buildings and also outdoors when social distancing is not possible.

Austin-Travis County is currently in Stage 3 Community Precautions Urged Cases and hospitalizations are slowing in Travis County, but new variants, such as the Delta variant, are still spreading throughout the community. During Stage 3, vaccinated people should take precautions at private indoor gatherings and while traveling. Additionally, vaccinated individuals who are considered high risk due to certain underlying conditions should continue to take precautions when dining. Partially vaccinated and unvaccinated people should take precautions in private indoor and outdoor gatherings and while shopping, dining, and traveling. For partially vaccinated or unvaccinated high-risk individuals, private indoor and outdoor gatherings, shopping, dining, and travel should be avoided unless these activities are essential.. 


Our animals are most active during the morning hours, plan to come early.

DAILY ZOOKEEPER TALKS

Schedule

Monday

  • 10:30 AM – Red Fox Wiley/ Coatimundi
  • 11:30 AM – Llamas/Alpacas
  • 2:30 PM – Birds
  • 3:30 – Gator

Tuesday

  • 10:30 AM – Tortoises
  • 11:30 AM – Russian Red Foxes
  • 2:30 PM – Zebra/Ostrich
  • 3:30 PM – Lions

Wednesday

  • 10:30 AM – Primate Palace
  • 11:30 AM – Bears
  • 2:30 PM – Birds
  • 3:30 – Gator

Thursday

  • 10:30 AM – Tortoises
  • 11:30 AM – Petting Corral
  • 2:30 PM – Prairie Dogs
  • 3:30 PM – Discovery Center

Friday

  • 10:30 AM – Zebra/Ostrich
  • 11:30 AM – Bobcat
  • 2:30 PM – Binturong
  • 3:30 PM – Gator

Saturday

  • 10:30 AM – Primates (Patas/Colubus)
  • 11:30 AM – Tiger
  • 2:30 PM – Zebra/Ostrich
  • 3:30 PM – Discovery Center

Sunday

  • 10:30 AM – Primate Palace
  • 11:30 AM – Zebra/Ostrich
  • 2:30 PM – AC Porcupines
  • 3:30 PM – Cougar


 

Capybara Encounter

Enter the world of our Capybara during your very own Capybara Encounter. 

These good tempered and gregarious animals will delight you during your time with them. An Animal Care staff member will be with you during your entire encounter.

We have enhanced safety measures in place for each encounter, please carefully review our encounter guidelines.

  • Capybara Encounters are available Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 12:00pm, with only one encounter booked per day. 
  • Please call 512.695.3021 to check date and staff availability, with a minimum of 24 hours in advance. Payment must be made to secure your spot. 
  • The cost of your encounter is $40 per person.
  • Encounters are limited to three individuals from the same household.
  • Guests must be10 years of age or older.
  • We will provide gloves for guests to wear. Gloves are required for your entire experience.
  • Please check in at our Gift Shop at least 10 minutes before your scheduled encounter at noon to review and sign a liability release.
  • A member of our Animal Care staff will be taking photographs or videos for you. We ask that one guest per group provide a smart phone. Guests will not be allowed to take photos/videos. This is for your safety!
  • You will enjoy 35 minutes with our Capybara.
  • Please do not be late! You will want to spend as much time as possible with Diego, Enrique, and Olivia! Arrivals later than 10 minutes after the scheduled encounter time of 12:00pm will result in cancellation of your encounter and no refunds will be given.
  • We accept Master Card, Visa and Discover.

Cancellation or rescheduling of an encounter must be done at least 5 days prior to the scheduled encounter. Refunds will be provided only if the encounter must be canceled due to inclement weather as determined by Austin Zoo management.

This activity has been authorized by our Board Certified Zoological Medicine Veterinarian.

 

Galapagos Tortoise Encounter

Are you ready to have an up close and personal encounter with our Galapagos Tortoises? These gentle giants love eating lettuce right from your hand, supervised by one of our Animal Care staff members.

We have enhanced safety measures in place for each encounter, please carefully review our encounter guidelines.

  • Tortoise Encounters are available Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11:00pm, with only one encounter booked per day.
  • Please call 512.695.3021 to check date and staff availability, with a minimum of 24 hours in advance. Payment must be made to secure your spot. 
  • The cost of your encounter is $25 per person.
  • Encounters are limited to three individuals from the same household.
  • Guests must be 5 years of age or older. Children under 10 years of age must be supervised by an adult.
  • We will provide gloves for guests to wear. Gloves are required for your entire experience.
  • Please check in at our Gift Shop at least 10 minutes before your scheduled encounter at 11:00am to review and sign a liability release.
  • A member of our Animal Care staff will be taking photographs or videos for you. We ask that one guest per group provide a smart phone. Guests will not be allowed to take photos/videos. This is for your safety!
  • Our encounters are 25 minutes long.
  • Please do not be late!  You will want to spend as much time as possible with Muffet, Gertie and Wheezy! Arrivals later than 10 minutes after the scheduled encounter time of 11:00am will result in cancellation of your encounter and no refunds will be given.

    Cancellation or rescheduling of an encounter must be done at least 5 days prior to the scheduled encounter. Refunds will be provided only if the encounter must be canceled due to inclement weather as determined by Austin Zoo management.

This activity has been authorized by our Board Certified Zoological Medicine Veterinarian.


Purchase An Austin Zoo Membership!

Your membership will go into effect the day you visit the Zoo to pick up your membership packet after we reopen. Click HERE to purchase your membership today!

 

How You Can Help Austin Zoo Animals

1. Donate today by clicking on the donate button you see below.

2. Purchase a yearly membership by clicking HERE. Your membership will expire one year from the date of purchase. 

3. Mail us a check to: Austin Zoo PO Box 91808, Austin, TX 78709.

Join Us for A Virtual Education Program!

Let us virtually bring the zoo to you! We are excited to offer virtual programs via Zoom! To schedule a virtual program or to get more information, please email our Education Manager at EDUCATION@AUSTINZOO.ORG.

 

Our mission is to assist

animals in need through rescue,

conservation and education. 


Austin Zoo is proud to be a Zoological Association of America Accredited Facility.